Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution

Published on the National Security Archive, Electronic Briefing Book No. 484, Sept 16, 2014 (Source: provided to book author Richard Whittley by Col. (ret) Mark A. Cooter, USAF).

… As detailed in Richard Whittle’s Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution (Henry Holt and Company, September 16, 2014), the Predator’s configuration was derived from drones developed in the 1980s by former Israeli aeronautical engineer Abraham Karem. Documents obtained by Whittle and posted today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University,, confirm key facts about the Predator’s transformation by the Air Force into the first armed drone used to stalk and kill individual enemies by remote control at intercontinental range.  

Video: an aircraft that changed the world, 2.05 min … (also on YouTube) …

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